History Film / TheBirdcage

21st Apr '16 12:13:20 AM tropeminer
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'''''The Birdcage''''' is a 1996 comedy film directed by MikeNichols, and stars Creator/RobinWilliams, Nathan Lane, Creator/GeneHackman, Dianne Wiest, Dan Futterman, Calista Flockhart, Creator/HankAzaria and Christine Baranski. The script was written by Elaine May, and it is a remake of the 1978 French film adaptation of ''[[Theatre/LaCageAuxFolles La Cage aux Folles]]'', which was created by Jean Poiret and Francis Veber, and starred Michel Serrault and Ugo Tognazzi.

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'''''The Birdcage''''' is a 1996 comedy film directed by MikeNichols, and stars Creator/RobinWilliams, Nathan Lane, Creator/GeneHackman, Dianne Wiest, Dan Futterman, Calista Flockhart, Creator/HankAzaria and Christine Baranski. The script was written by Elaine May, and it is a remake of the 1978 French film adaptation of ''[[Theatre/LaCageAuxFolles La Cage aux Folles]]'', which was created by Jean Poiret and Francis Veber, and starred Michel Serrault and Ugo Tognazzi.
14th Apr '16 10:35:43 PM Shaorai217
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* MoralGuardians: Senator Keeley co-created the "Coalition for Moral Order". The group is the reason they suddenly visit Val's family, as his co-founder dies in the bed of [[RefugeInAudacity an underage, black prostitute.]]

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* MoralGuardians: Senator Keeley co-created the "Coalition for Moral Order". The group is the reason they suddenly visit Val's family, as his co-founder dies in the bed of [[RefugeInAudacity [[CrossesTheLIneTwice an underage, black prostitute.]]
3rd Mar '16 1:59:20 AM 06tele
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* FlyingUnderTheGaydar: Albert and Armand try to do this to fool their son's future-in-laws, which of course goes spectacularly awry.

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* FlyingUnderTheGaydar: Albert and Armand try to do this to fool their son's future-in-laws, which of course goes spectacularly awry.future-in-laws. It might have worked, if Albert's performance as Val's mother hadn't been interrupted by Val's birth mother walking into the room and introducing herself as such.
29th Feb '16 7:29:50 PM GrammarNavi
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* BookEnds: "The [[GoldenGirls Goldman Girls]]" performing Sister Sledge's "We Are Family."

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* BookEnds: "The [[GoldenGirls [[Series/TheGoldenGirls Goldman Girls]]" performing Sister Sledge's "We Are Family."
2nd Jan '16 8:22:18 PM Pren
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* ShoutOut: Armand and Katherine sing a bit of "Love is in the Air," the original opening song from ''Theatre/AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum'' before Zero Mostel's dissatisfaction with it caused it to be changed to "Comedy Tonight."
29th Aug '15 7:20:04 PM Kalmbach
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** The reporter from the National Enquirer condemns the TV crews that show up at the nightclub as 'vultures'.
** The Senator leading the "Coalition for Moral Order" is discovered dead in the bed of a prostitute. A black prostitute. Who is [[PaedoHunt underage]].



** As the dinner progresses, Armand (and later Val) sneaks into the kitchen to start drinking wine directly from the bottle.

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** As the dinner progresses, Armand (and later Val) sneaks into the kitchen to start drinking wine Scotch directly from the bottle.
27th Jul '15 11:44:52 PM tropeminer
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'''''The Birdcage''''' is a 1996 comedy film directed by MikeNichols, and stars Creator/RobinWilliams, Nathan Lane, Creator/GeneHackman, Dianne Wiest, Dan Futterman, Calista Flockhart, Creator/HankAzaria and Christine Baranski. The script was written by Elaine May, and it is a remake of the 1978 French film adaptation of ''Theatre/LaCageAuxFolles'', which was created by Jean Poiret and Francis Veber, and starred Michel Serrault and Ugo Tognazzi.

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'''''The Birdcage''''' is a 1996 comedy film directed by MikeNichols, and stars Creator/RobinWilliams, Nathan Lane, Creator/GeneHackman, Dianne Wiest, Dan Futterman, Calista Flockhart, Creator/HankAzaria and Christine Baranski. The script was written by Elaine May, and it is a remake of the 1978 French film adaptation of ''Theatre/LaCageAuxFolles'', ''[[Theatre/LaCageAuxFolles La Cage aux Folles]]'', which was created by Jean Poiret and Francis Veber, and starred Michel Serrault and Ugo Tognazzi.
26th Jul '15 6:53:42 PM HeraldAlberich
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'''Albert:''' That sarcastic, contemptuous tone that means "you know everything because you're a man and I know nothing because I'm a woman".\\
'''Armand:''' ''You're not a woman''.\\

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'''Albert:''' That sarcastic, contemptuous tone that means "you know everything because you're a man and I know nothing because I'm a woman".\\
woman."\\
'''Armand:''' ''You're not a woman''.\\woman.''\\



'''''The Birdcage''''' is a 1996 comedy film directed by MikeNichols, and stars Creator/RobinWilliams, Nathan Lane, Gene Hackman, Dianne Wiest, Dan Futterman, Calista Flockhart, Creator/HankAzaria and Christine Baranski. The script was written by Elaine May, and it is a remake of the 1978 French film adaptation of ''[[Theatre/LaCageAuxFolles La Cage aux Folles]]'', which was created by Jean Poiret and Francis Veber, and starred Michel Serrault and Ugo Tognazzi.

Val Goldman (Dan Futterman) and Barbara Keeley (Calista Flockhart) are engaged to be married, and have decided to have their families meet. Barbara herself comes from a traditional Christian family, its patriarch Senator Kevin Keeley (Gene Hackman) is a MoralGuardian politician running for re-election. When one of Keeley's close political friends [[RefugeInAudacity dies in the bed of an underage, black prostitute]], Mrs. Keeley (Dianne Wiest) suggests they visit the fiancé's family to discuss wedding plans and escape the scandal; acting as an escape from the press, and a "traditional, wholesome" all-American marriage could save his career.

Unbeknownst to Barbara's parents, however, is that Val's family is a Jewish, gay couple that owns a South Beach drag club called ''The Birdcage''. Not only does Val's father Armand Goldman (Robin Williams) live above and run the club, but his partner Albert (Nathan Lane) is the show's star drag queen "Starina". With the Keeleys already driving down, the Goldmans have to quickly [[FawltyTowersPlot pile together a story and drastically redecorate]], recreating themselves as the "Coldman" family and CampGay Albert as an Uncle in the hope the can get past HeteronormativeCrusader Keeley.

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'''''The Birdcage''''' is a 1996 comedy film directed by MikeNichols, and stars Creator/RobinWilliams, Nathan Lane, Gene Hackman, Creator/GeneHackman, Dianne Wiest, Dan Futterman, Calista Flockhart, Creator/HankAzaria and Christine Baranski. The script was written by Elaine May, and it is a remake of the 1978 French film adaptation of ''[[Theatre/LaCageAuxFolles La Cage aux Folles]]'', ''Theatre/LaCageAuxFolles'', which was created by Jean Poiret and Francis Veber, and starred Michel Serrault and Ugo Tognazzi.

Val Goldman (Dan Futterman) and Barbara Keeley (Calista Flockhart) are engaged to be married, and have decided to have that their families should meet. Barbara herself comes from a traditional Christian family, family; its patriarch Senator Kevin Keeley (Gene Hackman) is a MoralGuardian politician running for re-election. When one of Keeley's close political friends [[RefugeInAudacity dies in the bed of an underage, black prostitute]], Mrs. Keeley (Dianne Wiest) suggests they visit the fiancé's family to discuss wedding plans and escape the scandal; acting as an escape from scandal and the press, and press; a "traditional, wholesome" all-American marriage could be just what the Senator needs to save his career.

Unbeknownst to Barbara's parents, however, is that Val's family is a Jewish, gay couple that owns a South Beach drag club called ''The Birdcage''.The Birdcage. Not only does Val's father Armand Goldman (Robin Williams) live above and run the club, but his partner Albert (Nathan Lane) is the show's star drag queen "Starina". With the Keeleys already driving down, down from Ohio, the Goldmans have to quickly [[FawltyTowersPlot pile together a story and drastically redecorate]], recreating themselves as the "Coldman" family and CampGay Albert as an Uncle in the hope the can get past HeteronormativeCrusader Keeley.



-->'''Armand''': A woman is said to be worth her weight in hens, and a man's wealth is measured by the size of his cock. (realization)

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-->'''Armand''': -->'''Armand:''' A woman is said to be worth her weight in hens, and a man's wealth is measured by the size of his cock. (realization)''[realization]''



-->'''Armand''': Agador?\\
'''Val''': Sparticus!\\
'''Armand''': ''...Agador Sparticus?'' ({{beat}}) "He insists on being called his full name".

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-->'''Armand''': -->'''Armand:''' Agador?\\
'''Val''': '''Val:''' Sparticus!\\
'''Armand''': ''...'''Armand:''' ''... Agador Sparticus?'' ({{beat}}) "He ''[{{beat}}]'' He insists on being called by his full name".name.



* DifferentForGirls: Partly subverted.

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* DifferentForGirls: Partly subverted.subverted; Albert can't pass for a straight man to save his life, but makes a much more convincing housewife using his extensive experience in drag.



* EnhanceButton: DoubleSubverted. When examining the recordings outside Keeley's house, the news team first has to examine the very pixel-y background to identify what's going on... only to then zoom in and get perfectly captured audio from several feet away ''and under a reporters voice.''

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* EnhanceButton: DoubleSubverted. When examining the recordings outside Keeley's house, the news team first has to examine the very pixel-y background to identify what's going on...on ... only to then zoom in and get perfectly captured audio from several feet away ''and under a reporters voice.''



* HaveIMentionedIAmGay: At least, the Goldmans' home décor certainly does, what with statues of nude men, erectile figurines, homoerotic china and a portrait of a [[CrossDresser bald man in a dress]]. Not to mention Armand's phallic necklace chain and...well...Albert.

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* HaveIMentionedIAmGay: At least, the Goldmans' home décor certainly does, what with statues of nude men, erectile figurines, homoerotic china and a portrait of a [[CrossDresser bald man in a dress]]. Not to mention Armand's phallic necklace chain and...well...and ... well ... Albert.



** Agador, while dressed in cut-off shorts and a lacy, see-through, midriff-baring shirt, complains that a butler's uniform would make him "look like a fag".
** One of the reporters talks about the media blitz around the senator's home in a condemning tone... while he is, of course, taking part in it.

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** Agador, while dressed in cut-off shorts and a lacy, see-through, midriff-baring shirt, complains that a butler's uniform would make him "look like a fag".
fag."
** One of the reporters talks about the media blitz around the senator's home in a condemning tone...tone ... while he is, of course, taking part in it.



-->'''Albert''': Whatever I am, [Armand] made me! I was adorable once, young and full of hope. Now, look at me. (upset) I'm this short, fat, insecure, middle aged thing!\\
'''Armand''': ''I made you short?''\\
'''Albert''': [[LargeHam (shrieks)]]

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-->'''Albert''': -->'''Albert:''' Whatever I am, [Armand] made me! I was adorable once, young and full of hope. Now, look at me. (upset) ''[upset]'' I'm this short, fat, insecure, middle aged thing!\\
'''Armand''': '''Armand:''' ''I made you short?''\\
'''Albert''': [[LargeHam (shrieks)]]'''Albert:''' ''[[[LargeHam shrieks]]]''



-->'''Armand''': What are you giving him? Drugs? What the hell are "Pirin" tablets?!\\
'''Agador''': It's aspirin with the "a" and the "s" scraped off.\\
'''Armand''': ({{beat}}) My God, what a brilliant idea.

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-->'''Armand''': -->'''Armand:''' What are you giving him? Drugs? What the hell are "Pirin" tablets?!\\
'''Agador''': '''Agador:''' It's aspirin with the "a" and the "s" scraped off.\\
'''Armand''': ({{beat}}) '''Armand:''' ''[{{beat}}]'' My God, what a brilliant idea.



-->'''Armand''': Yes, I wear foundation. Yes, I live with a man. Yes, I'm a middle-aged fag, but I know who I am, Val. It took me 20 years to get here. I won't let some idiot senator destroy that. Fuck the senator, I don't give a damn what he thinks.

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-->'''Armand''': -->'''Armand:''' Yes, I wear foundation. Yes, I live with a man. Yes, I'm a middle-aged fag, but I know who I am, Val. It took me 20 years to get here. I won't let some idiot senator destroy that. Fuck the senator, I don't give a damn what he thinks.



* ScreamDiscretionShot
* StraightGay: Armand somewhat. He can ''play'' straight at the very least. Albert, however, is so camp that he can't even do that.

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* ScreamDiscretionShot
ScreamDiscretionShot: PlayedForLaughs when Albert returns home and sees the hasty redecoration.
* StraightGay: Armand somewhat. He can ''play'' straight at the very least. Albert, however, is so camp that he can't even do that. He makes a much more convincing housewife.



** It's both subtly and not-so-subtly implied that the conservatives are disgusted not only by gays, but by Jews and black people. Oh, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Guatemalans]]. For what it's worth, though, all three are at least presented as fundamentally good and even kind people, even when they're saying terribly racist things. That said, [[spoiler:the Keeleys have obviously accepted Armand and Albert because Val and Barbara get married with both their families present and happy. So, the Keeleys ''are'' able to put aside prejudices and get over it when confronted.]]

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** It's both subtly and not-so-subtly implied that the conservatives conservative Keeleys are disgusted not only by gays, but by Jews and black people. Oh, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Guatemalans]]. For what it's worth, though, all three are at least presented as fundamentally good and even kind people, even when they're saying terribly racist things. That said, [[spoiler:the Keeleys have obviously accepted Armand and Albert because Val and Barbara get married with both their families present and happy. So, the Keeleys ''are'' able to put aside prejudices and get over it when confronted.]]
19th Jul '15 8:10:40 PM tropeminer
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* AccidentalInnuendo[=/=]FreudianSlip: [[Invoked]] When trying to explain Agador's Guatemalan soup with eggs in it, Armand notes they value poultry like currency:

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* AccidentalInnuendo[=/=]FreudianSlip: [[Invoked]] When Invoked when trying to explain Agador's Guatemalan soup with eggs in it, Armand notes they value poultry like currency:
19th Jul '15 8:10:08 PM tropeminer
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* AccidentalInnuendo: [[invoked]] When trying to explain Agador's Guatemalan soup with eggs in it, Armand notes they value poultry like currency:

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* AccidentalInnuendo: [[invoked]] AccidentalInnuendo[=/=]FreudianSlip: [[Invoked]] When trying to explain Agador's Guatemalan soup with eggs in it, Armand notes they value poultry like currency:



* ComicallyMissingThePoint / ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: Upon learning the truth about Val's family, Senator Keeley's response? "You can't be. You can't be Jewish!"

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* ComicallyMissingThePoint / ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: ComicallyMissingThePoint[=/=]ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: Upon learning the truth about Val's family, Senator Keeley's response? "You can't be. You can't be Jewish!"



* LargeHam / HamToHamCombat: Nathan Lane and Robin Williams compete to see who can eat more scenery.

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* LargeHam / HamToHamCombat: LargeHam[=/=]HamToHamCombat: Nathan Lane and Robin Williams compete to see who can eat more scenery.
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